Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekend Fun

We had some busy weekends in July.  I took little Alex swimming at one of the nearby pools on the 4th of July:

This guy was dressed as Spongebob Squarepants, but I only got a pic from behind.  They also had a lady in a mermaid suit, swimming through the pool!

 I had some free passes for the children's museum, so we headed down to Houston to let little Alex play for the afternoon.  We mainly stayed in the toddler area, but he did have fun with the water exhibit outside.

 The next weekend we went to the grand opening party of a new indoor playground here in The Woodlands.  Little Alex had a blast.  I think I like it better than the similar places that are around, as it has more than just a bunch of bounce houses.  They provided Chick-Fil-A for lunch, and had a guy playing guitar and singing fun songs for the kids.

He passed!

Alex had to take the written and road test last month as he let his drivers license expire (he still had a California one).  We weren’t looking forward to going to the DPS, but didn’t really just how big a headache it would be.  The first time we went he took the written test and passed (yay!) but then was told that they don’t really schedule appointments for the road test, and that the best thing would be to try and come in the morning and get in during the time they block off in the morning.  We got up at 5, and waited outside with the kiddos until they opened at 8.  He was able to get a test scheduled for 9:30, but when he went to show the instructor proof on insurance, it was missing!  Trying to be efficient and organized, I had put the new proof of insurance in the car several weeks in advance, and had accidentally took out the current one.  Oops!  So we had to drive home after a wasted morning and try again the next week.  It worked out for the best though, because it gave Alex some time to practice parallel parking and when we returned the next week everything went smoothy and we was able to pass the road test.   Congrats babe! 

Here is the proud guy with his temporary license:

Super Tot

This little guy is becoming such a fun little person.  He says many multi-syllable words now, and can string 2-3 words together.  We still can’t understand a lot of what he says, but he is becoming more and more coherent.  Sometimes, instead of trying to get him to say the word correctly, we will imitate what he says just because the mispronunciations are so cute!  Favorites are smoonie (smoothie) and bookit (blanket).  His favorite thing right now is his Thomas the Train set he got for his birthday.  He constantly want us to go in his room and watch the trains travel around the track over and over and over.  He is more into books now, and we have been going to the library for some variety.  He can just about count to 10, and we are working on ABCs (he can identify all the symbols accurately though). In the next few weeks will we be moving him to his "big boy" bed!

New Milestones

Miss Mary can now roll over and grab things!  Evidence of each:

So fun!  I can't wait until she starts sitting up.  She is almost there, and if I prop her in front of a boppy pillow for support she can sit several seconds.  Picture to come in another post....

Look at those eyes!

Why is this poor girl wearing a cap in the middle of the sweltering Houston summer?  We are still battling her eczema, so if I can't cut her nails right away (they grow super fast) she has to wear gloves or a hat for protection.  It definitely looks a lot better than it used to (thanks to Curel Itch Defense- the best lotion I have found so far) but her skin is so sensitive and lots of things irritate it. We still may go see a pediatrician as her occipital lymph nodes (the ones at the base of her skull) are still enlarged and have been since her eczema started when she was 2 months old.  It's starting to concern me a bit, so we'll see what the pediatrician says at her 6 month checkup.
We gave her a bit of rice cereal a few weeks ago.  She seemed to like it.

My little nursling.  I am still breastfeeding, although we had to start supplementing at about 5 months.  I just couldn't keep up my supply pumping at work.  I am happy I was able to give her only milk for that long though, and she still gets more milk than formula.  I love laying down after work and just gazing at her as she nurses.  The other night she kept pulling off to look up at me and would laugh each time.  So adorable!

 I got all these cute clothes for her for $1.  Love finding bargains like these!

Looks like I have been working out! Haha!